Shandi Finnessey is a multitalented personality who has worked as an actress, model, TV host, and beauty queen. The woman of all seasons has made a name for herself in the industry by winning the title of Miss Missouri USA and Miss USA 2004. She has also had a decent career on the big screen acting in TV movies like Piranhaconda and Sharktopus.
Shandi Finnessey was born Shandi Ren Finnessey on June 9, 1978, in Florissant, Missouri, U.S. She is a Gemini as per her birth sign. Finnessey was born to father Patrick Finnessey and mother Linda Finnessey. She has 3 brothers named Shane Finnessey, Damion Finnessey and Paul Finnessey.
She belongs to White ethnicity and is an American as per her nationality. As for her education, she went to McCluer North High School. She left the school and went to Incarnate Word Academy for her junior year.
Finnessey graduated from high school in 1996 after which she went to Lindenwood University. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology in December 1999.
Finnessey is married to businessman Ben Higgins as of May 2019, the couple tied the knot on July 11, 2015. Higgins announced that he got engaged to the model on September 24, 2014. The couple has a son together named Finn Arthur Higgins.
Before this, she was in a relationship with August Busch IV in 2003 the same year she also dated Italo Zanzi. Similarly, she entered a televised contest called Ready for Love where she won the love of Ernesto Arguello. Their relationship was short lived however and they separated quite quickly.
Finnessey has a net worth ranging anywhere from $100k-$2 million. The information regarding her exact net worth is not available in the media as well as tabloid sources. She was able to amass the net worth from her career as a model, actress, and TV host.
Although the exact figures of her salary are not known on average models earn around $42180 per year. Similarly, actresses earn around $39.84 per hour and TV hosts earn around $55,593 per year.
She started her career back in 1999 when she took part in Miss Missouri USA, she became the 1st runner up of the competition. After this, she took part in other beauty pageants like Miss Oktoberfest 2000, Miss Missouri 2001, and Miss Missouri USA 2001 before eventually picking up the crown at Missouri 2002.
In a similar fashion, Other notable beauty pageants of her career are the win at Miss Missouri USA 2004 and Miss USA 2004.
Similarly, her filmography consists of only 4 films as of May 2019. Her film debut came in 2010 with the TV movie Sharktopus. Similarly, in 2012 she worked on Piranhaconda. In 2013 she did a film titled Garbage and in 2015 she worked in Bachelorette Party Massacre.
Likewise, she also appeared in an episode of Minute to Win It where 10 pageant winner representing various charities competed for $100,000 and a chance to $1,000,000 was also given.